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TIME Magazine's Person of the Year 2007: Vladimir Putin

Every December, TIME magazine considers the individuals that made the significant impacts on the world stage for its "Person of the Year" issue. While the main contenders for 2007 included Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling, former Vice President Al Gore, Chinese leader Hu Jintao, and U.S. commanding general in Iraq David Petraeus, the distinction was given to Russian President, Vladimir Putin. In a nation where headlines were full of stories on global warming, the war in Iraq, and China's rise as a world power, how do the editors decide what makes someone worthy enough to grace the cover of one of its notable issues?

* Nathan Thornburgh, Senior Editor at TIME